123 Fremont Place

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The overwrought house pictured above through a windshield moving southbound on Fremont Place West—originally referred to as Easterly Drive—is, sadly, not the original #123. Opened in 1911 but with the bulk of its houses built between World War I and the Depression, demolitions and obliterating alterations have been rare in Fremont Place. Shifting cultural ideas about architectural attractiveness, neighborhood cohesiveness, and status, however, are beginning to take a toll on the history of all aging Los Angeles neighborhoods, which now means the entire city. The house that remained on the "southerly 75 feet of the northerly 100 feet" of Fremont Place's Lot 121—as the original building permit delineated it—for nearly 83 years is a recent casualty whose replacement has taken away scale as well as history and an example of the work of local architect Herbert C. Howard.

The Department of Buildings issued Dr. Frank S. Barnard an initial permit to begin construction of #123 on September 27, 1924. A permit to demolish the house was issued by the city on September 10, 2007; on November 19, the application for its current replacement was approved.

The full story of the original 123 Fremont Place will appear in due course. 



Illustration: Christopher Choo